What Counts As Truthful Information? // Dark Fiber

In the digital world, it’s hard to identify truthful information. When you become aware of different factors such as framing, memetic warfare and cyber war, you start to question majority of the content you come across. At times, you may even use these factors within your own online presence.

“Data is infinitely recombinant and it wants to be free” – Teodor Mitew

No one literally forced me to join Facebook, Instagram another platforms. But here I am, juggling a digital artefact which branches across many. Each of these platforms have their own walled gardens and often store the content and information I post. I can link these together and create an online narrative, which traces back to me and my routines and daily life.

When examining Cyber War and cases such as the US military using fake identities online, its evident that you can construct an entire life online, even if none of it truly exists. By mimicking the way that different online users frame themselves, it is possible to collect enough memetic information (in the way of phrases, photos, interests, locations) to create an online persona, which makes sense when put together.

“The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it.” – Kevin Kelly

 My remediation explores how online users are somewhat in a personal cyber war. Is creating a life online basically framed around our personal propaganda? 

 

–Sophie Jayne

4 thoughts on “What Counts As Truthful Information? // Dark Fiber

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  1. I really liked how your blog post wove in the concepts of framing, memetic warfare and cyber war which had been discussed in other lectures. I was trying so hard to remember the names of some of these concepts in my most recent blog post so it shows that you really have a thorough understanding of the class concepts. I also really appreciated how your remediation brought the post concept back to an individual personal level. I think that we often look at these concepts in the context of large ‘otherly’ groups and organisations doing bad things by spreading false information. When really we do the same things to. Bringing the concepts back to a humanistic view is something that I can appreciate. Great job.

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    1. Hey Emma! Thanks for your comment.
      I’m glad I sparked your memory back to those other topics.
      For me I find it easier to understand the topics when I can relate them back to my DA, or somehow apply the concept to something a little more familiar. Glad you enjoyed the blog, thanks!

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  2. Hey, enjoyed the post.

    I really enjoy the proposal you made regarding personal propaganda, and the way we can easily frame our lives to be completely different from what they really are. Also thought your remediation was pretty clever, and I think most of us can relate to some extent.

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  3. Really great use of the YouTube clip! Really helps support your research into this topic of framing an audience into perceiving one thing that opposes reality – it’s a grey area but is it unethical? If this could be the future of journalism, are we all at risk of complete distrust in media outlets?

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